How ASU ‘LEEDs’ the way as green buildings shape university’s vision

By District Energy posted 08-10-2021 10:25


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ASU Sun Devil Stadium recently earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizing sustainable buildings and communities. The USGBC LEED rating system assesses the sustainability of structures based on their construction, design, maintenance and operations.

Buildings earn one of four ratings: LEED-certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold and LEED Platinum. In 2007, Biodesign Institute Building B was Arizona’s first-ever LEED Platinum rating, the highest level awarded.

ASU now has 66 LEED-certified building projects: seven LEED Platinum, 34 LEED Gold, 24 LEED Silver and 1 LEED-certified. New ASU construction sets LEED Silver as a minimum rating, with LEED Platinum as the goal.

“LEED buildings provide a host of environmental benefits, from energy and water savings to reduced waste and maintenance,” said Morgan R. Olsen, ASU executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. “ASU’s environmental commitment ensures that Sun Devil community members will enjoy a built environment that is responsive to concerns about energy use, carbon footprint, waste reduction and other environmental concerns for years to come.”

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